Since 1978, the Young Artist Academy™ hosts Hollywood's oldest youth awards show each summer.  Affectionately called the "Youth Oscars" by Huffington Post, the Academy has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood over the last 40 years, and is the only youth awards to be structured the same as major Hollywood guilds. 

By using the same business model as Hollywood’s foremost Awards organizations, the Academy aims to prepare each young artist for acceptance into those adult counterpart organizations - complete with Academy Membership and Peer Voting, 


For over 40 years, the Academy has recognized exceptional talent in entertainers from ages 5-18, and continues to offer exclusive industry connections, networking, press training, protection education, academy references, and publicity opportunities for young artists on the rise. 

YAA has honored a multitude of young artists who have continued on to successful adult careers, becoming household names in the entertainment industry. Some notable examples include:



Leonardo DiCaprio
Jennifer Lawrence
Ryan Reynolds
Regina King
Julia Roberts
Drake
Johnny Depp
Bradley Cooper
Christian Bale
Natalie Portman
Neil Patrick Harris
Scarlett Johansson
Selena Gomez
Cuba Gooding Jr. 
Zendaya
Lisa Boet
Sarah Jessica Parker
Drew Barrymore
Winona Ryder
Mario Lopez
Michelle Pfeiffer
Jaden Smith
Emma Watson
Michelle Williams
Zac Effron
Tatyana Ali
John Stamos
Reese Witherspoon
Jody Foster
Patrick Dempsey
Katherine Heigel
Mila Kunis
Kaley Cuoco
Joaquin Phoenix
Johnny Galecki
Yara Shahidi
Kirsten Dunst
Hilary Duff
Hayden Panettiere
Jake Gyllenhall
Emmy Rossum
Megan Fox
Saoirse Ronan
Emma Roberts
Miley Cyrus
Demi Lovato
Shailene Woodley
Ariel Winter
Quvenzhané Wallis
Brie Larson
Elle Fanning
Hillary Swank

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